Technological trends in tourism

first_imgOne of the main conclusions of the 52nd ITB Fair in Berlin was that travel agencies, hotels, as well as airlines, or anyone working in tourism, should not lag behind modern technological trends. Technology plays an important role in improving the user experience. Namely, with the help of it, you can not only speed up the processes, but also personalize the offer according to the preferences of your guests. And this year we had the opportunity to see a lot of examples of how virtual reality can promote a destination or a travel agency offer. For example, a cruise or a ride in an adrenaline park. The person puts on his “glasses” and the next moment is teleported to some distant and unusual place. Virtual reality instantly arouses the need to go on a trip!Instead of resisting digitization, we need to embrace it. It is inevitable and opens up some completely new possibilities in the hotel and tourism industry.For those who could not attend, we bring a brief overview of the technological topics discussed last week at the ITB trade fair in Berlin. Pepper – a robot in human formeTravel Day started in a very interesting way! Robot Pepper conducted an interview with David Ruetz, director of the ITB trade fair in Berlin. Together they greeted the guests and started a conversation about the future of tourism technology.Robots in human form are increasingly used in tourism. Mention has been made of very promising results related to these robots that provide services to international tourists in destinations. Where can robots be used? Robots in tourism, for example, can range from robots that could deliver breakfast to a hotel room to luggage carriers that would walk behind hotel guests. Service robot Pepper showed off his skills live on stage. Are you ready to introduce such technologies in the business of your hotel?ChatbotsAmong the various trends that have emerged, chatbots stand out in particular – an automated way of interacting with clients. The simplest is to define them as artificially intelligent programs that talk to people through a chat interface. Think of a chatbot as a personal assistant who can respond to inquiries or make recommendations on a particular topic in real time.The importance of connecting European tourism professionalsDuring the lecture on China and the Far East, which is expected to represent the majority of tourists visiting Europe by 2020, interesting information was presented. The Chinese view Europe as one destination. They may not be the only ones who perceive it that way. This means simply exchanging information between European countries and connecting tourism professionals across Europe. If we only look at rail traffic, we can see that this is not the case. It is therefore not surprising that E. Santander, Executive Director of the European Tourism Commission (ETC) pointed out that Europe is not competing with the United States or Australia, but we are creating problems for ourselves.Lack of online booking system for tours, excursions and tripsSome criticism was also directed at the work of travel agencies and tour organizers. Although travel agencies use social networks, they (consciously or unconsciously) omit the possibility of booking on them. The lecture talked about different possibilities tour and excursion reservations available on Facebook and Instagram. eWOMeWom is an acronym from the English term Electronic Word of Mount, in translation electronic recommendation. These are websites for reviews of accommodation, restaurants, city tours, etc. The most famous such site is TripAdvisor. We can say with certainty that every person planning a trip visits TripAdvisor and looks at the reviews before choosing a restaurant, hotel or tour. It is therefore important to leave a good impression and invite your guests to leave a review on the web.  Blockchain technologyIn addition, the methods of payment in the tourism industry were also discussed, so the conversation turned to blockchain technology. It was discussed that the introduction of the same could reduce costs, and payments would be posted in real time, regardless of the bank in which we are located. But as currencies are volatile and have not been accepted as a means of payment by the government of any country in the world, blockchain technology seems like a distant future for now.Overtourism – How to solve the problem of seasonality in tourism?Although not a technological topic, we will end this article with the increasingly frequent crowds in tourist places, known as overtourism. It negatively affects the sustainability of destinations and the general satisfaction of guests, not only in Croatia, but globally. Therefore, a panel on the topic was held overcrowding of destinations due to the effects of tourism, in which the mayor of Dubrovnik also participated. He said that he would solve this problem in Dubrovnik with a system of timely informing visitors, using modern communication channels such as a smartphone application. As Mayor Franković pointed out, in addition to enriching the tourist offer with selective forms of tourism such as medical tourism, which undoubtedly prolongs the tourist season, technology plays a major role. The question of how technology can solve seasonality in tourism will be discussed in more detail at 3T conference which will be reflected on March 20, 2018, in Zagreb. We invite you to definitely come to this useful panel!Author: Barbara Črgar, Orioleslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Budget Update Remarks

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Budget Update Remarks December 19, 2015center_img Remarks Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf gave the following budget update. Remarks as prepared:“We still have a budget plan. It is a compromise and it is the product of a lot of good people working across the aisle to get it done.“This is not over. We still need a budget. And we need it now. The Senate Republicans led on this – but it was a bi-partisan effort. They delivered a budget –full year budget – that made wise investments in our schools and that was truly balanced.“We cannot slide back on our commitment to our schools. We cannot slide back on our commitment to a truly balanced budget. We cannot slide back on our commitment to a full year budget. Let me be clear. A stop gap is not the answer. We need a full year budget.“Let’s get back to work. All of us. Let’s get this done now.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Meetings on what you need to know about bovine TB

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Recent discovery of a herd infected with bovine tuberculosis in Alpena County has led to upcoming discussions on deer and cattle health.The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of  Natural Resources will present the latest information on groups most impacted by TV in Northeast Michigan. They are working with Michigan State University Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services. Leaders will speak on gut health and nutritional needs in deer and cattle.Meeting TimesTuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m.Wilson Township Hall3746 King Settlement Rd.Alpena, MI 49707andWednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.Oscoda County Community Center305 E 9th St.Mio, MI 48847AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Head Start preschool program expanding from half to full days, more staff neededNext Photo of the Day for Tuesday, April 30last_img read more

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: 1B

first_imgDOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheetFantasy Baseball Rankings: 1B and UTILThese rankings are for standard 5×5, non-keeper leagues. Eligibility based on Yahoo default settings.* = Player not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there during the season** = UTIL-only eligibleRankingPlayerTeamOther eligibility1Paul GoldschmidtCardinals2Freddie FreemanBraves3Anthony RizzoCubs4Whit MerrifieldRoyals2B, OF5Cody BellingerDodgersOF6Rhys HoskinsPhilliesOF7Joey VottoReds8Jesus AguilarBrewers9Jose AbreuWhite Sox10Daniel MurphyRockies2B11Joey GalloRangersOF12Travis ShawBrewers2B, 3B13Matt CarpenterCardinals2B, 3B14Max MuncyDodgers2B, 3B15Ian DesmondRockiesOF16Edwin EncarnacionMariners17Miguel CabreraTigers18Matt OlsonA’s19Eric HosmerPadres20Robinson CanoMets2B21Justin SmoakBlue Jays22Shohei Ohtani**AngelsUTIL23Carlos SantanaIndians3B24Ryan BraunBrewersOF25C.J. CronTwins26J.T. RealmutoPhilliesC27Luke VoitYankees28Jake Lamb*Diamondbacks3B29Miguel SanoTwins3B30Ryan O’HearnRoyals31Ryan ZimmermanNationals32Jurickson ProfarA’s2B, 3B, SS33Trey ManciniOriolesOF34Ryon HealyMariners35Jake BauersIndiansOF36Peter AlonsoMets37Josh BellPirates38Kendrys MoralesBlue Jays39Yonder AlonsoWhite Sox40Tyler WhiteAstros41Ronald GuzmanRangers42Buster PoseyGiantsC43Yuli GurrielAstros2B, 3B44Wilmer FloresDiamondbacks2B, 3B45Steve PearceRed SoxOF46Brandon BeltGiants47Albert PujolsAngels48Ryan McMahonRockies2B, 3B49Niko GoodrumTigers2B, SS, 3B, OF50Enrique HernandezDodgers2B, SS, OF51Marwin GonzalezTwins2B, SS, OF52Ji-Man Choi**RaysUTIL53Jose MartinezCardinalsOF54Eric ThamesBrewersOF55MItch MorelandRed Sox56Yandy DiazRays57Jay BruceMarinersOF58Greg BirdYankees59Adam DuvallBravesOF60Matt AdamsNationals61Chris DavisOrioles62Todd Frazier*Mets3B63Justin BourAngels64Peter O’BrienMarlinsOF*65Hunter DozierRoyals3B Fantasy baseball owners usually don’t have to think much about first base. It’s always fairly deep, and the types of players you find there are generally pretty similar: Low-to-mid average, good power and run production, little speed. The guys who can hit for average or steal some bases, like Paul Goldschmidt and Freddie Freeman, are at the top, but if you don’t get one of those players, most of the “sleepers” and mid-tier players have pretty similar profiles. The 1B rankings on your cheat sheet are probably the least viewed most seasons.Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN One thing that seems different this year is the amount of multi-position-eligible players. It’s not unusual for a chunk of 1Bs to also be eligible in the OF or even at 3B, but this year five of our top 15 are eligible at 2B. If you draft these players, it seems more likely you’ll wind up playing them at second base, but that extra versatility gives them more overall value. For these rankings, we’re acting as if each player is only eligible at 1B, but that doesn’t necessarily reflect the overall rankings. For instance J.T. Realmuto, who’s our No. 1 catcher is only our No. 26, ranked behind many 1Bs he’ll go ahead of in drafts. However, if he was only eligible at 1B, his .277-21-77 line from last season wouldn’t be that much better than, say, Ryon Healy’s .235-24-73 mark. 2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamThe biggest change this season at the top of the rankings is Paul Goldschmidt’s move from hitter-friendly Arizona to hitter-neutral St. Louis. The good news is he was significantly better on the road last year (.339/.415/.638 compared to .238/.363/.420), and for his career he actually has a better average (.304) and SLG (.535) away from home. The main thing to note with Goldschmidt is that he only attempted 11 steals last year, his lowest total since his 48-game rookie campaign. Don’t expect a ton of SBs from the 31-year-old free-agent-to-be.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | CloserStill, we like Goldschmidt’s all-around game and upside the most, but it’s tough to nitpick between the very top options. The middle-tier is even more muddled. Health and playing time are a concern for many — and will ultimately decide what the final rankings look like. Someone like Ronald Guzman could easily finish ahead of Edwin Encarnacion at the end of the year, but it would be silly to draft them that way, even if you were really high on Guzman. If you really like him, just wait several rounds. If gets snagged in front of you, adjust your target because he’s far from the only player who could break out.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300The bottom line is that there are still plenty of options at 1B, both early and late. Certain players might go earlier than expected because of their versatility, but you shouldn’t have a problem acquiring depth at this position as long as you focus on the numbers (including age and games played) and not just the names.last_img read more